The new strategy of operation Zero smuggling introduced by the Seme area command of the Nigeria Customs service has led to arrest of a dismissed customs officer and the sezure of about 400kg of Indian hemp,its controller Mr Mohammed Aliyu has said.
The Customs Area Controller (Compt. Mohammed Aliyu while handing over the dismissed officer,and the four hundred kilograms (400kg) of tested Cannabis sativa (Marijuana) to the Ndlea commander, said that a lot of strategies has been adopted by the command to ensure that the busiest land border will be a “no go” area for trans-border miscreants and traffickers.
The 400kg of Marijuana handed over is said to have a street value of over 8 million Naira.
He explained that all necessary conditions were explored in line with the public service rule and the Customs and Excise Preventive Service Regulation before the officer was relieved of his appointment.
The Comptroller said that the punitive measures for gross misconduct of unruly behavior meted on the dismissed officer was to serve as a deterrent to other bad eggs in the service that may choose to be recalcitrant.
Mr Mohammed Aliyu frowned at the alarming and disturbing rate at which illicit substances are being apprehended by officers and men of the command in an attempt to be smuggled through the waterways and land borders.
He insisted that the leadership of the service will not shy away in purging self from all unscrupulous elements who delight in dragging the image of the service in the mud.
He said that the Command will continue to protect the nation’s territorial integrity through the scanning of all imports and aggressive anti smuggling operations of all illegal routes.
He sought for the cooperation of all the stakeholders and the host communities (Baales, Youth and Opinion leaders), Bankers and Licensed Agents for effective enforcement of Federal Government policies.f
Mr Aliyu called for the need for inter-agency collaboration for effective border management, intelligence sharing and strict compliance with the ECOWAS Protocol along the Lagos-Abidjan Corridor; which will facilitate legitimate trade and enhance business.
He said the command generated the sum of three hundred and seventeen million, eight hundred and nine thousand, one hundred and nineteen naira sixty three kobo (N317, 809, 119.63) as revenue for the month of May 2017.
The anti-smuggling unit of the command also made a total of 28 seizures with a duty paid value of thirty million, eight thousand, three hundred and eighty eight naira, zero kobo (N30, 008, 388.00) for the period under review.